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December 2006 VOLUME 5 ISSUE 9

Panel Warns State Will Fall Behind If It Shortchanges Education

The Washington Learns committee released its 18-month study on the state's education system Nov. 14, warning that in a 21st century economy, "we must invest in education to keep our edge." It recommends that the state fund public universities and colleges at 60 percent of the per-student average at peer institutions in "Global Challenge States": California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. The UW is currently $3,692 below that target. The panel suggests limiting tuition increases at public universities to no more than 7 percent annually, coupled with more support for higher education through state general funds.

- Washington Learns Report (.pdf file)
- Washington Learns Web Site

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